London, the capital of England has a history stretching back to the Roman times. London is one of the most diverse cities in the world with a rich history and some of the most outstanding culture on the planet. There is so much to see and do in London with some of the world’s best art, entertainment, shopping, dining and history.
A trip to London would be incomplete without strolling through Green Park to see Buckingham Palace. The Palace has been home to the British Royal Family since 1837. It features 775 rooms and the largest private garden in London. Some of the palace is open to visitors to get a glimpse of the royal lifestyle and make sure you around to see the world famous Changing of the Guard.
Hyde Park is possibly the most famous park in London. It has historical significance, having hosted a number of protests including protests by the Suffragettes. The park’s famous Speaker’s Corner is still occupied by debates, protests, and performance artists every week.
Trafalgar Square is a public square that features some of London’s top attractions including galleries, historic buildings, statues and monuments. It is surrounded by the National Gallery, St. Martins-in-the-Fields Church, The Strand, Whitehall, Admiralty Arch and The Mall.
Westminster is the home to the Houses of Parliament and the world famous Big Ben. Big Ben is the name of the bell housed within the iconic clock tower and still chimes every hour. Come explore London’s iconic Tower of London a World Heritage Site, where you can get up close to the Crown Jewels and meet the legendary Yeoman Warders and ravens.
The Thames is the lifeblood of London, bringing industry to the city for centuries. It is England’s longest river. There are cruises that run regularly and pass several key sightseeing locations, including Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.
Piccadilly Circus is always recognisable and is located in the heart of the West End. Filled with bright lights and big electronic screens, it has always been one of London’s busiest spots. The Statue of Eros is situated in the centre of the circus being a popular meeting point. Leicester Square is known as the theatre district. Famous for hosting film premieres to some of the biggest blockbusters.
Oxford Street is London’s busiest shopping street with department stores like Selfridges and House of Fraser. Around Christmas time Oxford Street illuminates radiantly with its famous Christmas lights display. Bond Street connects to Oxford Street with a much greater focus on the exclusive and the designer shopper in mind. Doormen stand patiently outside many shop entrances. On this street you will find Tiffany’s as well as the flagship stores for Cartier and Ralph Lauren.
Harrods is one of London’s most famous department stores, known for serving the elite. Since opening in 1824, Harrods’ patrons have included Oscar Wilde, Laurence Olivier and the Royal Family. The food hall sells indulgent delicacies from fresh meat and cheese to superior marmalades and pates.
There are plenty of museums to visit while in London including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum where you can see the Rosetta Stone, mummified remains and explore centuries of archaeological discoveries.
The extremely popular London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, is a cantilevered observation wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames, it offers some amazing views over the city.
There is always something happening after dark, from famous shows to nightclubs. As the sun sets, London’s lights switch on providing the city with a magical illumination and a new look on this vibrant city.